Inside potential UK Euro 2028 stadium left derelict and covered in weeds with four months until host announced | The SunMay 7, 2023
THIS stadium is set to host Euro 2028 if the UK and Ireland get the nod from Uefa.
But with the final decision on who will host the tournament set for September, the arena is currently derelict.
Work is yet to begin on redeveloping the site just over five years out from the start of the tournament.
When complete it will be able to hold 34,500 fans.
Windsor Park, where Northern Ireland currently play home games, does not meet minimum capacity requirements for the Euros.
So the unbuilt Casement Park is part of the UK and Ireland's joint bid.
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It has been unused since 2013, but was once Northern Ireland's top Gaelic football ground.
According to the BBC, redevelopment of the site has been met with a legal challenge from local residents.
It's reported there were objections to its size and the impact it will have on the local area.
However, the £77.5million development was given the go ahead last summer after a West Belfast residents' group lost its legal challenge.
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And the ground has been designed by the architects responsible for Tottenham's incredible £1billion stadium.
Casement Park is one of two grounds in the UK and Ireland's bid that are currently unbuilt.
The other is Everton's Bramley-Moore Dock, which is due to be completed by 2024.
That is the same year work on all potential Euro 2028 host stadiums must have started by.
The UK and Ireland's bid to host the iconic tournament is being rivalled by Turkey.
If successful, the likes of Wembley, St. James' Park, Villa Park, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Etihad will be among ten grounds to stage games during the competition.
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